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  • Scalia's Death Saves Unions From Momentous Ruling Ending Political Power

    02/14/2016 9:57:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/14/16 | John Gizzi
    As the nation and official Washington prepared to mourn the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, watchers of the high court began to assess the immediate impact of his death on several pending cases whose decisions might have had momentous political implications. Among these is Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association, set to have been a landmark case regarding the mandatory collection of union dues and their use for political purposes. The ruling could have meant the death knell of collective bargaining and the political might of America’s unions. newzf After oral arguments in the case in January, The Washington Post...
  • Union Activists Protest Opposition to Coerced Union Dues

    01/18/2016 5:39:39 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    About 10 union activists protested Thursday outside the Midland headquarters of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The issue was the free-market think tank's involvement in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could make it illegal to force government employees to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. The protesters were holding signs from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). From 2005 to 2013, the SEIU had a dues skimming scheme by which the union collected more than $34 million from home-based caregivers, many who were were caring for family members or friends. Progress Michigan,...
  • Rauner Order: State Workers Don’t Have To Pay Union Dues

    02/09/2015 3:59:51 PM PST · by Proud2BeRight · 36 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 2/9/15 | John Dodge
    "CHICAGO (CBS) — State workers who do not agree with their union’s political activities would not have to pay dues under an executive order signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner."
  • Union Sells Out Members To Keep Dues Money Flowing

    05/16/2014 8:50:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/15/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A union representing workers in the Wyoming Public Schools district gave up as much as $12,700 in annual salary and concessions that would have been paid to its members so the union could keep language in the contract that makes the payment of dues or fees mandatory as a condition of employment. But the state's right-to-work law makes that illegal if the contract takes effect after a specific date, and, Matt Lewis, director of finance and human resources for Wyoming Public Schools, said district officials believe that clause is not enforceable. The Kent County Education Association wanted the district to...
  • California teachers suing to end mandatory union dues

    07/01/2013 7:54:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    foxnews ^ | July 01, 2013/
    A group of California teachers is preparing for a Supreme Court battle to overturn forced union dues in a groundbreaking lawsuit filed in June. For nearly three decades, the Supreme Court has allowed closed-shop unionism, in which public employees must pay dues to labor groups handling collective bargaining negotiations. The Supreme Court established Beck Rights in 1988 allowing workers to opt out of union dues for political activities, while continuing to pay for union negotiating expenses. The teachers are hoping to take that battle one step further by putting an end to all coercive union dues.
  • 5 troopers sue over union dues in Alaska

    01/09/2013 6:50:07 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    ap ^ | January 9, 2013 | BECKY BOHRER
    Five Alaska State Troopers are suing over the way union dues are collected, arguing the current system infringes upon their constitutional rights. The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Alaska, states that even though the five are non-union members, they still pay dues. The lawsuit states that employees who do not opt-out of the current system wind up paying full dues, including those that go toward political purposes.
  • The NLRB's Union Bonus--With the election over, the labor board guts the Beck decision on dues.

    12/26/2012 5:07:24 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12-23-12 | WSJ
    Christmas came early for Big Labor last week when the National Labor Relations Board handed down a pair of decisions that overturned longstanding precedent and will deliver a windfall to union finances. On Wednesday, the NLRB voted 3-to-1 to gut protections for workers who don't want their money spent on politics. In states without right-to-work laws, employees of unionized companies are coerced into paying dues as a condition of employment. But under the Supreme Court's 1988 Beck decision, workers are allowed to withhold the portion of their dues that unions spend on political activity. Unions must also maintain independently verified...
  • Fight for Your (Beck) Rights

    12/17/2012 8:30:15 AM PST · by Cheerio · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 17, 2012 | Bill McMorris
    The former union member who won landmark worker protections from organized labor nearly 25 years ago said the Obama administration’s attempt to subvert those safeguards is responsible for the rise of right-to-work battles.
  • (VIDEO) How to Opt Out of a Teachers' Union Membership

    12/11/2012 8:31:34 AM PST · by doug from upland · 7 replies ^ | dec 2012
  • TSA Unionized – Americans Screwed

    11/17/2012 4:44:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 11-17-12 | Tim Brown
    On November 9, 2012 the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) issued a press release indicating that “Workers at the Transportation Security Administration made history today when they voted to ratify the first-ever collective bargaining agreement at the agency. The agreement between the American Federation of Government Employees and TSA was ratified with a vote of 17,326-1,774.” The AFGE represents over 650,000 employees of the federal government. It is the largest union for non-postal federal employees and the largest union for D.C. workers who report directly to the mayor. Brian Koenig writes that the AFGE “coerces members to fork over...
  • What Wisconsin means

    06/08/2012 5:33:42 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 7,2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    It was predictable. In Indiana, where Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) instituted by executive order a similar reform seven years ago, government-worker unions have since lost 91 percent of their dues-paying membership. In Wisconsin, Democratic and union bosses (a redundancy) understood what was at stake if Walker prevailed: not benefits, not “rights,” but the very existence of the unions. So they fought and they lost. Repeatedly. Tuesday was their third and last shot at reversing Walker’s reforms. In April 2011, they ran a candidate for chief justice of the state Supreme Court who was widely expected to strike down the law....
  • Attorney General Orders State To Stop SEIU 'Dues Skim'

    06/04/2012 6:11:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/1/2012 | Tom Gantert
    When the Service Employees International Union convention begins Monday in Colorado, there will be some bad news from its leaders out of Michigan. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette released a letter Friday that mandated that state agencies were to end the withholding of SEIU dues from private individuals who provide home health care. "Private individuals do not transform into public employees simply by participating in taxpayer-funded programs like Medicaid," he said in the letter. "In order to comply with the law, state agencies should end the withholding of public union dues from private individuals who provide home help." Gov. Rick...
  • Judge rules Wisconsin public union members must opt in on dues

    05/19/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    JSOnline via ^ | 5/18/12 | Patrick Marley
    MADISON, Wis. -- State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to having the state deduct union dues from their paychecks. What's more, the judge did not rule on dues deductions for unions that he earlier found the state improperly decertified. The state's largest unions were decertified, and the ruling -- at least for now -- will make it harder for them to get money from dues. But U.S. District Court Judge William Conley gave unions one beneficial ruling by saying that...
  • Probation officers win suit (against unions) over free speech rights

    05/03/2012 10:19:15 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 3 replies
    Copyright © 2012, The Daily Record. ^ | Posted: 5:30 pm Tue, April 24, 2012 | By Daily Record Staff
    ROCHESTER, NY--Four Monroe County probation officers have won relief in their protracted federal legal battle against two government unions for violating their First Amendment rights. The four officers, led by David Scheffer, filed the suit with free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys. The probation officers sued the Civil Service Employees Association and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees for seizing forced union dues from their paychecks for illegal union expenditures. The officers charged that union officials were spending their forced dues on union organizing drives, despite the officers’ objections, according to a Right...
  • Alternatives to donor based, ie, freepathon business model?

    I've checked with an ad agency. We can probably raise the funds we need to operate FR at our current level and at the current market price for online advertising if we run a banner ad at the top of every page and at least one rectangular ad in the above the fold body of the page and a couple rectangular ads in the sidebar. If that doesn't generate enough revenue, we can also run pop ups or pop unders and we can even run audio and video ads if need be. But of course, if we go full bore...
  • Barrett, Falk split on union issues

    04/16/2012 10:21:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-14-12 | Jason Stein & Patrick Marley
    Madison - How much public workers should pay for benefits is emerging as a new flash point in the Democratic race to see who will take on Scott Walker in the recall election for governor. The two leading contenders part ways significantly, with Kathleen Falk wanting to open the issue back up in union negotiations and Tom Barrett wanting to keep employee contributions at current levels. And although both say they would attempt to re-establish the ability of public-sector unions to engage in negotiations - which was lost under Walker - they differ in how they would go about trying...
  • House Ready To Move Bills Prohibiting Automatic Union PAC Deductions

    12/06/2011 6:32:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/6/2011 | Jack Spencer
    Legislation to prohibit public school districts from deducting contributions to political action committees (PACs) from employee paychecks appears to be on a fast track in the Michigan House. House Bills 5085 and 5086 are scheduled to be taken up by the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on Dec. 6. It seems likely the measures will receive committee approval that day and be sent to the House floor. The apparent goal is to have the legislation passed by the House and sent to the Senate before the upcoming end-of-the-year holiday break. “We think this is good policy,” said House Redistricting and...
  • SEIU siphons 'dues' from Mich. Medicaid payments

    11/11/2011 3:03:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/11/11 | Joel Gehrke Commentary Staff Writer
    If you're a parent who accepts Medicaid payments from the State of Michigan to help support your mentally-disabled adult children, you qualify as a state employee for the purposes of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They can now claim and receive a portion of your Medicaid in the form of union dues. Robert and Patricia Haynes live in Michigan with their two adult children, who have cerebral palsy. The state government provides the family with insurance through Medicaid, but also treats them as caregivers. For the SEIU, this makes them public employees and thus members of the union, which...
  • Obama Administration Rejects 'Backwards' Call to Cut U.N. Funds

    09/07/2011 2:59:44 PM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    AP via FOX News ^ | September 7, 2011
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Wednesday stepped up criticism of calls by some members of Congress to withhold or slash U.S. funding of the United Nations, saying such moves were "backward" and would seriously undermine America's role as a world leader. Republican-led efforts in Congress could force the U.S. to withhold half of its annual contribution to the world body. A senior State Department official said the administration's engagement with the United Nations and promise to pay its dues had bolstered once-languishing U.S. influence at the world body that should not be squandered. "We oppose the backwards calls we...
  • Secret Document: Only 4% of NEA Dues Dollars Dedicated to ‘Improve Teaching’

    08/31/2011 3:18:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/31/11 | Kyle Olson
    It looks like the National Education Association is not putting its money where its mouth is. In its mission statement, the nation’s largest teachers union asserts that “we will focus the energy and resources of our 3.2 million members on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.” But a secret union document reveals that the NEA’s commitment to “improv(ing) teaching and learning” works out to a paltry $7.44 per member every year. This is according to a document obtained from an internal source of the Indiana State Teachers Association, one of...
  • Funk, Everybody's Got Some Dues to Pay

    07/23/2011 6:50:27 PM PDT · by Son House · 33 replies
    Alias Son House ^ | 7-23-2011 | Little Beaver
    Just got some great funk music in this series of 45's that came out around 1968-1975, Florida Funk, because the guitar stuff was amazing. Turns out the rest was truly amazing too, not only was it funk, it was jazz, soul, blues, rock, and a whole lot of artist that were in the groove. Drums, the horns, keyboards, I think I even heard some funky claive(sp?). Your going to love it, and mercifully may even forget all about the budgeting woes.
  • What the Unions Fear

    03/09/2011 4:23:24 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 9, 2011 | Peter Hannaford
    Demonstrators at the Wisconsin capitol, union representatives and absent Democratic state senators concede in interviews that they don't object to a bill requiring teachers and other public employees to pay 12.5 percent of their health insurance (up from five percent), or up to half of their pension deposits. It is the curbing of collective bargaining that has brought on near hysteria and a fierce campaign to discredit Governor Scott Walker's legislation. For the union leaders the consequences of passage of the legislation could be devastating to their sinecures. Amid all the shouting, placards and banging on pots and pans in...
  • what % public union dues go to democrats ?

    02/22/2011 2:30:20 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 24 replies
    me ^ | 2-22-11 | wobbly bob
    where can I find what % public union dues go to elect democrats ? Is there a place to find out on a union by union matrix of what % of dues are used to politic and electioneer?
  • Lame ducks paying their union dues

    12/07/2010 6:24:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/7/10 | Mark Mix
    Last month, citizens across the country sent a strong message to politicians - Republicans and Democrats alike - that they do not want more congressional meddling. But the leaders of the lame-duck Congress didn't listen. One of Big Labor's top objectives is to ram the so-called Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (reintroduced last week as S. 3991) into law. Under this cynically mislabeled legislation, all states and localities would be denied the option to refuse to grant a single public-safety union the power to speak for all front-line employees, including those who don't want to join.
  • American Teachers Should Revolt

    08/10/2010 11:07:26 AM PDT · by Faith · 28 replies · 2+ views
    One News Now ^ | August 9, 2010 | Peter Heck
    A little over a year ago, I wrote a column suggesting that due to the blatant hostility the National Education Association was expressing towards Christians, it was time for Christian teachers to withdraw their membership from the NEA. As it turns out, the focus of my call to abandon this radically left lobby group was a bit too narrow. As evidenced by its own website, the NEA is not merely anti-Christian, they are anti-American as well. How else can you explain the plan that appeared on the NEA's "Diversity Calendar" instructing teachers to make October 1st a special recognition of...
  • Elected DFLers owe party thousands in dues (Deadbeat Dems in Minnesota)

    08/08/2009 10:31:01 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 8 replies · 353+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 8/09/09 | Mark Brunswick - Staff Reporter
    U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson and James Oberstar, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, and the Minnesota Senate Caucus are the only entities paid up through mid-July, according to the spreadsheet attached to Melendez's memo. State officials say the bad economy, changes in the state law reimbursing campaign contributions, and the natural election cycle have forced them to twist arms among contributors -- including their own elected officials. In his memo, Melendez complained to the delinquent officeholders about the need for them to catch up on dues to the UDF, a fund within the party that helps pay for basic party campaigns...
  • Abolish All ‘Taxes' (Call them "Dues" Barf)

    04/15/2008 7:46:57 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 14 replies · 40+ views
    New York Times ^ | 15 April 2008 | RICHARD CONNIFF
    THE word “tax” was never pretty. But it has lately become the ugliest word in the English language, right up there with its evil twin, “death.” Even in time of war, ostensibly patriotic politicians blithely pledge to slay any tax that rears its ghastly head. Public officials dodge work they know desperately needs doing because of the possibility that it may cause an increase in taxes. It’s time to take a page from the conservative playbook, the one where they reframe the debate by changing the language — for instance, calling the “estate tax” a “death tax,” or making equal...
  • Judge orders rebate for non-union state workers

    04/01/2008 3:45:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 171+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/1/8 | John Hill
    A federal judge has ordered the state's largest public employee union to repay as many as 28,000 non-union state workers who were not given a chance to challenge a 2005 dues increase to fight initiatives backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Judge Morrison England, in a decision Thursday, ordered Service Employees International Union Local 1000 to send notices to the workers who opted out of union membership. The union must issue refunds, with interest, to those non-union members who object to the special assessment. The rebate would amount to $135 plus interest for a worker who made $4,500 a month in...
  • NAWER applauds Supreme Court Decision on union dues

    06/27/2007 8:26:57 AM PDT · by redwill · 1 replies · 264+ views
    NewsBull ^ | 6/19/07 | Will Fine
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, DC / PR FREE / Jun 19 2007 -- NAWER praises the good work of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation and the people of Washington state who worked tirelessly to remove the yoke of Big Labor from the shoulders of hard- working families. The unanimous SCOTUS decision last week took away Labor's presumed intent to decide for workers who disagree with them where and how their union dues are being spent .
  • Teachers Union Turmoil

    06/21/2007 5:32:05 AM PDT · by gpapa · 47 replies · 1,023+ views ^ | June 21, 2007 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- Democracy is rule by persuasion, but the unpersuasive often try to coerce the unpersuaded. Recent days have provided two illustrations of this tendency, both of them pertaining to labor unions, whose decades of declining membership testify to their waning power to persuade workers that unions add more value to workers' lives than they subtract.
  • Freep a poll! (Unions and lobbying. What input should members have?)

    06/20/2007 8:37:43 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies · 134+ views ^ | 6-20-07 | One News Now
    When it comes to dues being used in lobbying efforts, union members should be allowed to: Prohibit all lobbying Vote on every issue Vote on controversial issues Set spending threshold Let leadership decide
  • EFF delivers a message from teachers to the NEA Convention: "No Means No!"

    06/30/2006 2:24:28 PM PDT · by rbedford · 6 replies · 713+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | June 30, 2006 | Evergreen Freedom Foundation
    To see the original article, go to EFF delivers a message from teachers to the NEA Convention: "No Means No!" ORLANDO—An organization that defends the First Amendment rights of teachers will deliver a message to union officials at the National Education Association’s (NEA) convention in Orlando, Florida this weekend. The Evergreen Freedom Foundation’s Labor Policy Center will be at the Orange County Convention Center during the convention with a professionally prepared billboard truck (click here for images). The truck will have three key themes: “It pays to be a union boss.” When it comes to salaries, benefits and...
  • Union-Made Miseducation

    04/13/2006 8:31:07 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 6 replies · 458+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 13, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Although they still claim to be the last best hope for public education, the influence of teachers’ unions has wanted so much that criticism of the association’s and federations has spread beyond conservative and Republican groups to the school boards and superintendents that they once made and broke. “There is a teacher I have hired and I don’t know if he’s with us on our team,” Baltimore Talent Development High School principal Jeffrey Robinson said at a recent meeting at the National Academies of Science. “I know the unions have their rules and something must be done about the unions.”...
  • States can adopt their own union financial disclosure rules

    01/11/2006 9:42:02 AM PST · by truth49 · 4 replies · 191+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 1-11-05 | Mike Reitz
    A Wall Street Journal editorial recently blasted the National Education Association (NEA) for spending $65 million last year to support social causes that have little to do with education. The NEA’s recently-disclosed expenditures are public because of new U.S. Department of Labor financial reporting regulations that require labor organizations to publish detailed reports of how members’ dues are spent. Among the National Education Association’s expenditures: Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Amnesty International, AIDS Walk Washington, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Fund to Protect Social Security. The new...
  • Their views, their dues (LA Times endorses Prop. 75

    10/17/2005 11:44:28 PM PDT · by gpapa · 11 replies · 605+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 16, 2005 | Unattributed
    IN 1998, THIS PAGE OPPOSED Proposition 226, the so-called paycheck-protection measure that sought to bar labor unions from spending a member's dues for political activities in the absence of that member's consent. We considered that initiative a disingenuous "good government" move aimed at diminishing the voice of only one side on public policy debates, and we would oppose such a proposition again if it were on this year's ballot. But contrary to some of the arguments being mustered both for and against Proposition 75, this election's version of "paycheck protection" is significantly different than Proposition 226: It applies only to...
  • CA: State teachers union asks for probe into union dues e-mail

    10/14/2005 7:34:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 688+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/14/05 | Juliet Williams - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's largest teachers union on Friday asked district attorneys in three counties to investigate an e-mail sent to more than 90,000 teachers by supporters of Proposition 75, the union dues measure on the November ballot. The California Teachers Association said the e-mail from the Yes on 75 campaign illegally used school district resources for a political campaign. The message was sent Wednesday and urged teachers to vote for the initiative, which would require unions to get their members' annual written permission before dues could be used for political purposes. "Here's the bottom line: Our current leadership...
  • CA: Kerry calls union dues proposal an effort to silence workers (Prop 75)

    10/13/2005 6:24:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 897+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/13/05 | Michael R. Blood -ap
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Entering a fight over union rights that could have national implications, Sen. John Kerry warned Thursday that a ballot initiative backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could tip the balance of democracy by muzzling the voice of working people. Proposition 75 would force public employee unions, such as those representing teachers, firefighters and prison guards, to seek written permission from members before using dues for political purposes. Kerry, speaking outside a downtown firehouse, said the initiative would condemn workers to "a completely unfair system." The proposal "represents part of an ongoing effort by the Republican Party to...
  • Japan Wants to Pay Less in U.N. Dues

    09/15/2005 3:10:14 PM PDT · by Petey139 · 25 replies · 663+ views
    AP (Via Yahoo) ^ | 15th Sept. 2005 | NICK WADHAMS
    UNITED NATIONS - Japan, which currently funds about 20 percent of the U.N. budget of $1.2 billion, said Thursday it wants to open talks next year on paying less — a move that could spur a drawn-out battle with fellow member states. As the second-largest contributor to the annual U.N. budget behind the United States, Japan has said for some time that its influence in the world body doesn't match what it pays. Those complaints have increased since its recent efforts to gain a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council stalled. Foreign Ministry spokesman Yoshinori Katori denied that the...
  • Politics is Breaking up That Old Gang of 'Whine' - (only "big union" left is gov't employees)

    07/27/2005 3:22:20 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 435+ views
    Union riveter Chester A. Riley would know what to say: What a revoltin’ development this is. Two major unions broke away from the AFL-CIO this week with others likely to follow. When the dust settles, the labor federation stands to lose a third of its membership. After 50 years of dominance in representing unionized workers, the AFL-CIO will now confront that which it abhors, competition. Union power is predicated on monopoly. Use our members or go out of business, Mr. Employer. Pay our dues or go without a job, Mr. Worker. Protect us from overseas competition, Mr. President. AFL-CIO boss...
  • CA: Teachers deserve say on where union dues go

    07/13/2005 9:29:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 585+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/13/05 | Aaron Hanscom and Ari J. Kaufman
    Imagine for a moment that your next paycheck is short $53. You call your employer for an explanation and are told that the money is being used to fight for your employee rights and provide you with job protection. Sounds like a good deal, right? Not so fast. Mandatory union dues make this hypothetical scenario a reality for public-school teachers across the country. As employees of the Los Angeles Unified School District, for example, we are required to pay a monthly fee to United Teachers Los Angeles, regardless of whether or not we want to become members of the union....
  • CA: Voters favor restrictions on unions dues for political campaigns

    06/23/2005 9:23:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 487+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/23/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - With more than four months to go before the special election, a majority of voters said they support a measure that would restrict the use of dues paid to public employee unions for political campaigns, according to a new statewide poll. Another initiative on the special election ballot that would require parental notification before a minor child could get an abortion was favored by a smaller plurality of voters, according to the Field Poll released Thursday, while two measures aimed at bringing down the cost of prescription drugs received strong support from voters statewide. The so-called Paycheck...
  • White House Nixes Withholding U.N. Dues

    06/15/2005 5:29:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 74 replies · 1,797+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/05 | William C. Mann - AP
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration told Congress on Wednesday it opposes a bill to overhaul the way the United Nations works, citing a requirement the U.S. withhold dues if the organization fails to make changes. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Henry Hyde (news, bio, voting record), chairman of the House International Relations Committee, was to be debated by the House on Thursday. "We specifically cannot agree to the withholding provisions," Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said. "We are the founder, host country and leading contributor to the U.N." Withholding one-half of the U.S. dues "would deal a great blow to...
  • Annan: U.S. withholding dues is bad idea

    06/09/2005 8:16:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 799+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/9/05 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday criticized proposed legislation before the U.S. House of Representatives that would link reforms of the world body to payment of U.S. dues. Annan said he hoped the bill, introduced Tuesday by Illinois Republican Henry Hyde, won't become law. He repeated his oft-stated view that withholding dues from the United Nations would be "counterproductive." "We are going through reforms and the U.S. has a natural leadership role and I hope it will work with other Member States to reform and strengthen the Organization," Annan told reporters. "I don't think holding back...
  • U.N.: U.S. reform bill counterproductive - (chief "fox" proposes cleaning hen house himself....!)

    05/21/2005 1:04:51 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 337+ views
    SACBEE.COM ^ | MAY 20, 2005 | NICK WADHAMS
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations on Friday warned that a proposed congressional bill linking U.N. reform with tens of millions of dollars in U.S. dues would be "counterproductive." U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is pushing his own reform package, which would include some of the most sweeping changes in the 60-year history of the United Nations. Officials here worry that the congressional action would interfere with his efforts. "The secretary-general's position on the use of withholding as a tool for reform is pretty clear," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. "He feels it's counterproductive, particularly at a time when reform...
  • (WA) State employee collective bargaining agreements set up likely court challenge

    04/12/2005 11:07:23 AM PDT · by truth49 · 208+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 4-12-05 | Mike Reitz
    Collective bargaining agreements negotiated between the governor’s office and public-sector unions for 2005-2007 contain language that may spark constitutional challenges from state employees who object to union membership on the basis of religious beliefs. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 governs the obligations of employers and labor unions and requires a reasonable accommodation of the religious beliefs of employees. Employees cannot be forced to financially support a union if doing so would violate the employee’s religious beliefs. The Washington State Constitution also guarantees the free exercise of religious belief. Article I, Section 11 states: “Absolute freedom of...
  • ABA Raises the Bar on Telemarketing

    04/11/2005 7:32:19 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 3 replies · 239+ views
    email | 4-11-05
    Received this in a marketing newsletter Live From Chicago: ABA Raises the Bar on Telemarketing The American Bar Association is considering testing direct mail and telephone scripts that strongly encourage credit card payment to boost membership renewal rates. The ABA is the largest volunteer professional association in the country, with 400,000 members, including 300,000 attorneys. Lawyers are offered a free one-year membership when the pass the bar exam; after the first year when payment is requested, retention is about 40%. Membership levels are crucial, said Roger Marcus, the ABA's director of database marketing at the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing's...
  • CA: Teachers union wants dues raised ($60/year for 3 years to battle proposed reforms)

    03/19/2005 11:28:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 747+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/20/05 | Alexa H. Bluth
    The state's largest teachers union will ask its members to consider a $60 hike in dues in each of the next three years to help raise tens of millions of dollars to combat Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's merit pay, pension and budget initiatives, union officials said Friday. If approved by the California Teachers Association's state council in June, the increase would tack on a total $180 over the next three years to the $500-a-year dues that its 335,000 members now pay the statewide organization. "We feel the need to defend public education and our students," said CTA President Barbara Kerr. "Our...
  • (WA) Union officials’ hypocrisy evident in attack on political opponent

    03/03/2005 4:23:55 PM PST · by truth49 · 2 replies · 310+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 3-3-05 | Mike Reitz
    When is it appropriate for elected officials to use their power to attack the funding of a political opponent? The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) and organized labor are two of the biggest players in our state’s elections. And no doubt about it—they are often at odds with each other. Organized labor is working hard to shut down BIAW this legislative session. As Senator Karen Keiser, who also serves as communications director for the Washington State Labor Council (AFL-CIO), said before the start of the session, “Our plan is to cut their funding out from under them.” BIAW earns...
  • (WA) Bill prohibiting the use of union dues without permission introduced in Senate

    02/07/2005 2:13:52 PM PST · by truth49 · 6 replies · 357+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 2-7-05 | Mike Reitz
    OLYMPIA—A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would require labor organizations to account for the use of dues and inform members of the bargaining unit when dues are to be spent for political purposes. Senate Bill 5571 is sponsored by Senators Hewitt, Honeyford, McCaslin, Delvin and Mulliken. The bill amends RCW 42.17.680(3) and adds a new section to chapter 42.17 of the RCW. Among its provisions, Senate Bill 5571: prohibits labor organizations from deducting dues from an employee’s paycheck for political purposes without the written request of the employee; requires public sector unions that collect “representation fees” from...
  • Forced union dues at work to count every "Gregoire" vote

    12/07/2004 2:18:52 PM PST · by truth49 · 4 replies · 170+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 12-7-04 | Jami Lund
    OLYMPIA, WA—Necessity is motivating the Washington Education Association (WEA) and other unions to discard any facade of merely pursuing the interests of the workers. Yesterday, the WEA sent out an urgent memo asking its members to "Please sign up today to serve as a Democratic Party observer for this count. To participate, please e-mail the party at" The training sessions to become an observer are held at six union halls around the state. "Even though only slightly more than a third of the teachers identify themselves as Democrats, unions are jumping in to provide resources, staffing and volunteers for...